Mental Health & Wellbeing
Mental Health Awareness
Here you will find links to useful resources providing support for the mental health & wellbeing of students and their parents/carers.
We all have mental health and times like this can be quite a challenge to it. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s mental health and wellbeing you are very welcome to arrange a consultation with David Pritchard a Senior Primary Mental Health Worker with the Schools Wellbeing Team, which is part of the Brighton and Hove Council.
David is a trained therapist and can offer advice, support and guidance on all queries around mental health. If necessary he can redirect you to a different service.
All conversations will be treated in confidence and recorded following normal safeguarding procedures.
To access this service, ideally you will complete a BHISS form which BACA can provide or email email@example.com.
David will then reply to set up a suitable time to talk. If you prefer you can either call him on 07825 862 528, or contact Ms Brady or Ms Keene at school to find out more.
Please note This is not a crisis number – if you require immediate support you need to contact your GP, call CAMHS duty care on 03003040061 or go directly to A&E.
For information regarding the different services available in Brighton and Hove, please visit findgetgive.com.
Support for Students
You may be worried about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), or other things going on in your life. Here is a list of support services, information sheets and tips you can use to protect your mental health.
Some of these organisations also have helplines or email and text services where you can ask for advice while school is closed.
Not sure where to go for help and advice?
Visit the YMCA Right Here's service directory for young people in Brighton & Hove.
Wheretogofor has guides & resources available for young people, they have a 'Have Your Say' section promoting the youth voice opportunities in Brighton & Hove, as well as useful information for COVID information and services.
Young Carers Project- Support for young carers during Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you are a Young Carer we understand you may be worried about the person you care for or are feeling isolated. Although we have canceled all in-person activities and 1:1 sessions until further notice the Young Carers Team will be available for telephone and email support; if there are any young carers who are concerned about the increase to their caring role or are anxious about the implications of the current situation please do get in touch. Our phone line 01273 746222 will be covered for the foreseeable future or we can be reached at young.carers@
Winston's Wish - Supporting children through coronavirus: https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus/
Young Minds explains about mental health problems and how to protect your mental wellbeing https://youngminds.org.uk
Young Minds offer advice and help with bullying - https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/feelings-and-symptoms/bullying/
Childline have advice on their website plus a phone and email support service
Youth Access have links to lots of organisations that might answer questions not covered on this list https://www.youthaccess.org.uk/supernav/links
Papyrus is a charity to help you if you feel you aren’t coping
https://papyrus-uk.org (if you feel this way you must tell an adult you trust).
Health for Teens has good advice on everything from feelings to general health
The Mix has loads of tips for young people including these resources on mental health https://www.themix.org.uk/mental-health
The Children’s Society have information on a range of mental health topics and other problems you might be stressed about https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/mental-health-advice-for-childrenand-young-people
BBC Own It shows you how to take charge of your life online https://www.bbc.com/ownit
Doc Ready explains how to talk to your doctor about your health http://www.docready.org
Help Me Out from BBC’s Lifebabble answers all your questions about friends, family and your wellbeing https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/curations/lifebabble-help-me-out
Mood Juice has free tools for relaxation and calming https://www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk/asppodcast.asp
Action for Happiness provides daily updates and resources on wellbeing https://www.actionforhappiness.org
Blurt will send you regular tips to look after your mental health https://www.blurtitout.org
Coronavirus and Self Care - info from the NHS
Support for Parents and Carers
Currently we’re living in a difficult and stressful period. You will have been given information on how to support your child’s learning, and resources for their mental wellbeing. However, your mental health is equally important so the following organisations are here to help your wellbeing.
Barnardo’s has launched a new support service for Black, Asian and minority ethnic children, young people and their families impacted by Covid-19.
This is a UK-wide helpline which will focus on issues specifically affecting children, young people and families from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities who have been hardest hit by the pandemic.
The new service is a free telephone helpline and web chat facility for children, young people and families from these communities who are suffering the long-lasting and wide-ranging impact of Covid-19.
Barnardo’s specialist advisors will aim to provide on-going support on a complex range of issues including mental health, bereavement, family break-down, neglect, back to school, parenting advice, counselling, family stress, discrimination, barriers to services and more.
You can find out more about the new helpline here: helpline.barnardos.org.
Safety Net Issue #3 - Sussing out School - click here
The Blurt Foundation will email you regular updates to boost your mood https://www.blurtitout.org
Action for Happiness encourage you to find ways to stay positive and resilient https://www.actionforhappiness.org
Mind provides information on mental distress plus ideas for self care https://www.mind.org.uk
Samaritans are there to listen if you are feeling overwhelmed https://www.samaritans.org
CAMHS Sussex has advice on mental wellbeing for children and parents https://sussexcamhs.nhs.uk/help-support
Citizens Advice offers practical information about all aspects of your life https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk
The NHS have a range of apps you can use to promote your own wellbeing https://www.nhs.uk/appslibrary
NHS information on Coronavirus https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
A guide from Harvard University on managing fears about the Coronavirus
Plus this advice from the Mental Health Foundation on protecting your mental health https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-duringcoronavirus-outbreak
The British Army hosts a free 8-week online course in Mindfulness https://www.army.mod.uk/people/join-well/managing-stress/mindfulness-course
Family Lives have fact sheets and a helpline to assist with all areas of parenting https://www.familylives.org.uk
Home Start provide parenting tips and mentoring https://www.home-start.org.uk
CBeebies Grownups has lots of practical advice https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups
The NSPCC has tips on child safety and wellbeing plus ideas on how to communicate with your child https://www.nspcc.org.uk
Pooky Knightsmith is a therapist who offers mental wellbeing tips for all the family https://www.pookyknightsmith.com
The Anna Freud Centre is committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of infants, children and their families throughout the Coronavirus epidemic - Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Covid-19 advice for parents/carers if your child is unwell or injured - click here
Letter for prarents/carers - Chat Health Messaging service - click here
BHSCP Letter to Parents & Carers - click here